This is something I did a few months ago. Thought I'd share.
I've got a nice leather holster for my PT111. Nothings beats a good
leather (or kydex, whatever your preference) holster. However, sometimes I do not want to wear my nice holster while doing an activity that will, say, make me sweat a lot (i.e., outdoor chores).
For this and other reasons, I began to look at a cheap alternative; a holster stunt double if you will. Due to the abuse I might dish out, I really didn't want to invest any large sum of money. Not to mention this holster probably wouldn't get a lot of use - or so I thought.
I'd seen Uncle Mike's Sidekick holsters a bazillion times at the local retail stores and gunshops but I was never too impressed, or at least not enough to buy one. That is, until I was looking for a cheap holster. These were only $15.
After much deliberation, I pried the $15 from my cold dead hands, made the purchase, and went home.
This thing sucked. It sucked because there was no cant angle. It felt awkward not only to wear, but the draw sucked, again, because of the lack of cant.
I was about to return the Uncle Mike's holster when I was prompted by a poster’s remark on another forum regarding modifying a holster to fit his needs (propellerhead from TFL). So I decided to try to modify this one. If it didn't work out, no big deal. A $15 lesson. I've spent much more learning lessons in the past.
I put some pics below, but I warn you if you're picky about craftsmanship look no further. I didn't take my time when I did this. It was all over with in about 10 minutes. I used a utility knife and glue - the only tools needed really. Liquid Nails made the glue I used and it's called "Perfect Glue #2." There's also a #1 and a #3. I recommend #1 or #2 for the materials involved in this little project.
Uncle Mike's Sidekick Size 12 is the correct size for the Taurus PT111 (and I'm assuming the 140/145 as well). If you are like myself you’ll want a cant angle and you'll need to reposition the clip.
This is really easy to do.
First thing you'll need to do is take a razor blade or other sharp edge, and cut the stitching that holds the clip to the holster. Work your way around loosening as you go. It will eventually pull free.
Next, position the clip at the desired cant angle. The angle I chose was one that could place the butt of the magazine roughly in line with the end of the muzzle on a vertical line:
As you can see with the gun holstered and with the clip at this angle, the corner of the clip had to go:
Here's the finished product with holstered weapon:
And here's a shot of me wearing it with out cover garment (excuse the armpit shot):
Does this replace a good leather holster? In my opinion, no way. But if you're on a budget, need a "stunt double" like me, want a light travel holster or a backup holster... this could be your ticket.